I just saw a clip on YouTube about an animated movie called ‘Inside Out.’ The way the movie portrays emotions captivated me instantly.
In the movie, a little girl’s emotions come to the forefront due to change in her life.
The movie personifies each of the girl’s emotions:
Since human beings are created in God’s image, we have emotions just as God has emotions. The Bible says that God experiences joy, grief, anger, and disgust too.
However while God’s emotions are righteous and based upon truth, our emotions are sometimes not.
Sometimes, our emotions are based upon lying thoughts, those that contradict God’s word. That is why it is important that we learn to manage our emotions and ensure that our actions honor our Creator.
I decided to study what the Bible says about God’s emotions and what situations led Him to experience them. We can learn great lessons from God’s emotions because they tell us what pleases God – and what does not:
God takes great joy when a sinner repents and comes to the saving knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ. He is also joyful when His people obey His word and operate in wisdom.
While the Bible doesn’t describe God being sad, it does describe Him as experiencing grief. Grief goes beyond sadness. It is a deep sorrow, a sense of loss such as when someone dies.
Because the wages of sin is death, then God’s grief is always associated with sin. God desires that all men be saved and come to knowledge of the truth (see 1 Timothy 2:4). Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (see John 14:16).
Those who do not receive salvation through Jesus Christ are lost and lost people grieve God’s heart.
All of the scriptures I found about God’s anger and wrath were in the Old Testament. God was angry when His people despised His blessings and practiced idolatry instead. In ancient days, people literally made themselves gods to worship out of wood, stone, silver or gold.
Today, our idols can be anything that we put first in our lives to take God’s rightful place. This can be money, material possessions, food, or even another person.
In the New Testament, you see instances of Jesus’ anger such as when He drove out the money changers from the temple. Instead of the temple being a house of prayer, the money changers had turned it into a house of merchandise (see John 2:13-17).”
Jesus was also angry with the Pharisees’ injustices. They were more concerned with upholding their traditions and high position rather than alleviating their fellow man’s sufferings.
Injustice angers God.
Jesus took on the sins of mankind at the cross and has provided atonement for sin for those who accept Him as Savior.
However, God’s wrath awaits those who align themselves with His enemy because they have chosen not to believe in the Son of God.
God experienced disgust with the Israelites’ idolatrous practices. He associated such practices with pollution, stink, and filth.
In ancient days, these practices often involved temple prostitution, sexual depravity, and child sacrifice.
The only emotion that God does not have that was portrayed in the film is fear. Why? God is love. 1 John 4:18 explains: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
As the people of God, we are called to have the fear of the Lord, but that is not the quaking in your boots kind of fear. Rather, it is of reverencing, honoring, and respecting God enough to do what He says.
The reason is that God loves us and gave us His best:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”
Because God gave us His best, then we should give Him our best.
I hope these scriptures have given you insight into what gladdens and grieves God’s heart. In this way, you can order your actions so that you please the One who created you and loves you so much.
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program
P.S. Are you ready to grow stronger Spiritually and heal emotionally as you reach your “feel good” weight? Let the Take Back Your Temple program be your guide. God’s way is change from the inside out and once you are changed His way, you are never the same!
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